Category: Markets

21 May 2019

The Chinese trade war is affecting American soybeans

Sure is tough to be an American farmer these days, with headlines like this popping up around President Trump’s ongoing trade war with the Chinese: Nowhere is this pain being felt more than in the Soybean market, which is the second largest financially important crop in the U.S., with $41 Billion with soybeans grown in […]

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01 May 2019
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: April 2019

What do you get for 4 straight months of positive performance and an annualized rate of return of nearly 15%. Nearly run out of town, it turns out, with the hedge funds are under performing drums getting louder and louder of late as traditional stock and real estate investments soar (50% annualized returns). Case in […]

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11 Apr 2019

Winter (aka Vanguard) is Coming for Managed Futures?

No, we didn’t miss this headline. And we haven’t just been hiding our heads under a rock pretending to not have seen it. We definitely saw the news of Vanguard launching a commodities product. But unlike Josh Brown, this doesn’t seem like “lights out” for the managed futures space. Vanguard is coming for the managed […]

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09 Apr 2019

3.5 million derivatives trades per hour

We like to highlight the Futures Industry Association (FIA) annual volume study every year, and were excited to see that global derivatives trading volume hit an all-time record in 2018. There were 30.3 Billion (with a B) global futures and options traded in 2018. That’s about 83 million trades per day, 3.5 million per hour, […]

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03 Apr 2019

A Hogdiculous Move

Tom’s been telling anybody who would listen about Chinese hog farmers being hit with one of the worst  outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country’s history, and after Hog futures finally caught up to the story – rising over 50% in March as pointed out by TT’s Patrick Rooney – it’s time we […]

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01 Apr 2019
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Q1 Asset Class Scoreboard

Bounce.  Bounce. 2019 continued to be the year of the bounce – with everyone now in on the act once managed futures finally decided to get in the game with its largest gains since January of 2018.  Add it all up and you have everyone solidly in the black in what has become quite the […]

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28 Mar 2019

Hailing a ride on the Uber IPO? View this first.

We first updated our infographic when LYFT went public on March 29th. It’s down 40%+ since then. But what do you get when you add 1 part $Lyft, 3 parts $Uber, a dash of Pinterest, and pinch of Slack? The return of a potential IPO frenzy, where everyday investors can get involved with some of […]

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